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they're extremely unsuccessful as a news organization delivering accurate information. >> no doubt. and it's coming from the academy community as well. >> absolutely. >> eric bolert, good to have you with us tonight. tonight in our text survey i asked you, does it surprise you that the republicans are blocking a bill that provides health care to 9/11 heroes? 12% of you said yes. 88% of you said, no. that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. tomorrow night i'm doing a commentary on the no labels. i hate political fence writers. well, i don't hate them. i just don't think that they serve a very good purpose in today's discourse. up next, "first look." wild west, rain/snow and wind wreak havoc for the western part of the country. terror in the school-yard. a driver plows his car into a group of young students in taiwan.
and total eclipse, sky gazers experience a once in a lifetime lunar event. good morning. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. we begin this morning with old man winter. it's only a day into the new season but already winter is off to a rough start across much of the nation, including central colorado where up to eight feet of snow is in the forecast. nbc's chris clacken has more. >> reporter: in the water logged west, it's still raining and the mud still sliding. the pacific coast highway is closed around malibu, mud covers much of the road in both directions after a weekend that saw record-setting rainfall around los angeles.
>> in a matter of minutes, we were slopping around in water. that's how fast it hit us. >> reporter: the worst of the storm hasn't hit yet. 5 to 10 inches of rain is expected by wednesday. residents are resorting to any means necessary to keep floodwaters out. >> we're pretty much on our own. it's gotten to the point where almost we can't get in and out anymore. >> reporter: much of the precipitation is freezing when it comes ashore, especially in the northwest, transforming a road into a skating rink in spokane. some forecasters expect the west coast storm to make its way across country by christmas day, bringing many on the east coast their first white christmas since 2002. >> it's that time of year. i mean, christmas, there should be a little snow on the ground for christmas. >> reporter: the first snow of the season fell in cape cod, but not as much as is expected to fall this weekend. chris clackham, nbc news.
meanwhile, european travel is still crippled by the weather with thousands of flights being canceled. at london's heath row airport, travelers have been warned that it might take until after christmas to clear the bag log of flights. and even longer if snow continues to fall there. those thinking the eurostar train out of pairs would be an option, they've been disappointed. it's been swamped with delays and long lines of frustrated customers. it's cold in washington, but the obama administration is turning up the heat on lawmakers in the nation's capital, trying to end a long debate over a nuclear arms deal with russia that's been held up in the senate. nbc's tracie potts joins us with those details. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. today we're expecting a key test vote in the senate on whether or not they will ratify this s.t.a.r.t. treaty that will reduce nuclear warheads by about 700 for the united states and russia. this vote would end debate and move toward a final decision.
the obama administration is putting the pressure on the president, the vice president, secretary of state clinton all lobbying republicans specifically in phone calls trying to get them to ratify this treaty. joint chiefs chair admiral mike mullen sent a letter backing the treaty saying the sooner it's ratified, the better. and now it looks like some republicans will, in fact, do so. republican scott brown of massachusetts has announced that he will vote for ratification now. senator judd gregg also saying that he is leaning toward voting for it. nine republicans are needed in addition to all democrats in the senate to get this passed. the final vote could take place this week. lynn? >> tracie, thanks so much. last night much of a special episode of "the rachel mad do show" was de voted to the military's don't ask, don't tell policy, banning openly gay members in the military and rachel asked a panel of service members who had been discharged
under the ban for their reaction to the landmark vote. >> three is a charm. we had two failed votes in the senate and we got it right on the third attempt. and it's been such a roller coaster of emotions this past yearp. we've had some lhighs, we've ha? lows. i started to doubt it was going to happen in the lame duck because of the calendar. we were running out of time but we did it. >> how about you, john? >> i'm excited for tens of thousands of people who are gay in the service that they no longer have to go to work and feel like they're a criminal because they could get fired for just who they are. i mean, i spent nine years and knew the amount of pain that caused, but secondly, i felt very, very proud for those 65 senators that, it's not too often that members of the senate get to vote on something that really changes people's lives, reaffirms a certain -- the very special american right to treat everyone the same. and made me very proud. [ applause ] >> lean forward with rachel
maddo this week as she broadcasts from new york city's 96nd street focusing on leadership in the in america. week nights at 9:00 eastern on msnbc, the place for politics. here's your first look at some of the other news around america today. in massachusetts, police are looking for the person or persons responsible for stealing some 1,500 gifts intended for needy children from a storage facility. police say the thief or thieves took only the more expensive items valued at more than $15,000. amazingly, just a day later, residents have banded together to donate more toys and over $30,000. one indianapolis man proves it's never too late to finish what you started. this 79-year-old graduated college this weekend 55 years after service in the army redistricted his life. determined to earn his diploma, he contacted his old school and found out he already earned enough credits to graduate. and in florida, one soldier
returned home with a holiday surprise his girlfriend won't soon forget. the young man professed his love in a crowded airport terminal and then he popped the question. she said yes. he'll deploy a few weeks after their december 26th wedding. she says she's ready and happy for her new role as an army wife. now for a look at your national weather we turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. busy for you there, bill. >> coast to coast. trying to analyze what's going to happen by the time we get to sunday. a lot of buzz and a couple of our computers are coming on board with an east coast storm. it's early but we'll talk about that in a second. first thing's first, the west coast has been a nightmare the last couple days. a lot of problems throughout. way too much rain. now that rain and snow is making it up to areas in nevada, utah will get hit hard today, northern arizona. last night we had snow around chicago, also we had snow around minneapolis, and even cape cod
is digging out this morning after a big storm. this ocean storm was a mess. we had up to ten inches of snow out there on the cape, some areas got between six to ten. boston, just some snow showers for you. a very light accumulations. let me show you first the west coast, it is still pouring in los angeles. for four days in a row i can show you an image like this. rainfall totals in many locations will be close to a foot. l.a. ending up between four and eight inches. the heaviest rains are going to shift to the south a little bit, south of l.a. down to san diego, and up to the mountains. even las vegas was under flood warnings yesterday and today we're expecting another two inches. i mentioned some of that snow out in new england. we had one band that rotated through. much of the state of connecticut had light snow and snow showers even out on long island. another batch of snow rotating off the ocean along the coast of maine and some of that will head down to portland and port smith and boston should break out in
light snow this morning. north of grand rapids, northern michigan we're okay in milwaukee and chicago, still snowing up around green bay and all of northern wisconsin. here's a look at the forecast today. lot of the big cities are going to be just fine. nothing too tragic traveling. beautiful in texas. some of the warmest weather you've seen in a while. florida looks fine too. we have a little bit of snow in the northern great lakes, a little bit of snow showers in new england, salt lake city is a mess today and denver should be okay. by the time we get to wednesday we're still watching the stormy weather out west. then it's on the move. we're going to take the storm on wednesday, bring it across california into the rockies on thursday. it begins to tap some of the moisture from the gulf as we go into christmas eve. on friday, we're going to possibly see really messy weather from kansas city to st. louis. we should have snow on friday night into christmas morning. a white christmas likely in areas of the southern ohio valley, northern portions of kentucky, and then the storm could redevelop and move up the coast. that would be a christmas day into sunday event.
so, lynn, if we do end up -- i say if we do end up with a good old noreaster on our hands for everyone in new england it would probably be sunday morning when you wake up through the day sunday. >> bill, you've been warned. that's what you're saying. >> it's a possible. last week at this time we said it was going to be a big snowstorm and it never happened. we'll see. coming up, keeping the net neutral. adobe stellar numbers and a look at the official royal wedding china. your first look at this morning's business headlines is straight ahead. also, a buzzer beater in indiana. sid the kid turns 21 and brett favre makes his return, but did it last? you're watching "first look" on msnbc. it's that time of year. time for campbell's green bean casserole. you'll find the recipe at campbellskitchen.com.
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ops could capture militants and reap an intelligence windfall. until now, intelligence operations have currently been carried out by drones. the procedure would need to be approved by president obama. u.s. excuses down 12% this year, the lowest level since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. that's according to a report by the death penalty information center, which says part of the reason for the decline is not only because of the shortage used -- of the drug used in lethal injections but also because executions are proving too expensive in these economic times. in taiwan, a car packed with barrels of gasoline drove through the gates of a school, running over students. four children were hurt. amazingly their injuries were not life threatening. as for the driver he was also injured. his motivation is being investigated, but taiwanese media reports he may have been
having family problems. and sky gazers around the world got the chance to see the first total lunar eclipse in over three years. it's the first to coincide with the northern hemisphere's mid winter solstice in almost four centuries. if you missed it, don't worry, next year there will be two total lunar eclipses. we just showed you some pictures. there you go. here's your first look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 11,478 after shedding 13 points yesterday. the s&p inched up 3 points. the nasdaq rose 6. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei gained 154 points while in hong kong, the hang seng climbed 354. it is safeo sa tthere are few companies as eager to say good-bye to 2010 as toyota. after recalling some 11 million vehicles this year, transportation safety officials say the world's largest automaker has agreed to pay $32.4 million in fines, the
maximum penalty for its unprecedented safety related woes. in two separate investigations, federal regulators found toyota mishandled recalls for unintended acceleration and steering problems in several of its models. canada's toronto dominion bank is reportedly near a deal to buy the former lending arm of chrysler for more than $6 billion. the fcc appears to be close to passing new network neutrality rules designed to keep phone and cable providers for abusing their control over internet access. however, even if the controversial vote passes a vote in washington today, it could face an uphill battle of appeals in the months to come. american express was the dow's biggest loser on monday, falling 3.5% in the wake of an analyst downgrade, brought on by the fed's proposed cap on credit card merchant fees. boeing was another drag on the dow, despite vowing to ramp up
production of its 777 aircraft. amazon, however, enjoyed a 3% boost thanks to a jump in on-line shopping this holiday season. keep an eye on adobe systems. after the bell, they exceeded earnings expectations, reporting its first ever billion dollar quarter. shares shot up in late trade. and finally, just in time for christmas, prince william and kate middleton's official royal wedding china is on sale in england. all the proceeds from the officially approved cup, plate and pillbox will go towards the royal collection trust which maintains the queen's art collection. very important to make sure that art collection stays just pristine. marion webster's on-line dix nagsry announced au sterty topped its list for the top ten years. but foot traffic at shopping malls this holiday season paint a different picture. nbc's kristen dahlgren has our
report. >> reporter: at the nation's malls. >> it's a mad house. >> reporter: it's beginning to look a lot like christmas used it to. with sales that almost resembled the pre-recession days. on the final weekend before christmas, stores across the country were packed. >> tremendous, tremendous volume. the weather has cooperated. the parking lots are jammed. >> reporter: in minnesota the mall of america, broke records. >> biggest crowds ever since we opened which has been 18 years. >> reporter: and shoppers everywhere seem willing to open their wallets for the right price. >> buy one, get one free. and 40% off. >> retailers have done a good job this year of managing their merchandising levels and putting the prices where they need to be to keep people excited about shopping. >> reporter: the national retail federation has already raised its estimates, predicting sales up 3.3% over last year. >> what we're seeing now is really the top shopping days of the year, really are occurring right now.
>> reporter: so far, clothing sales are up 9.8% from last year. jewelry, 2.6%. while books, music, hobby and sporting goods, spiked 2.3%. >> also the busiest day of the year at the u.s. post office. an estimated 800 million pieces of mail as a lot of the weekend purchases head out to homes across the country. >> reporter: with less than a week to go the holiday rush now in full swing. all the shipping and shopping, good signs that american spending may be making a comeback. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, washington. that's some good news. in sports, minnesota witnessed its first outdoor pro football game in 29 years and probably wished it hadn't. here's mario solis. pret favre surprised everyone and made the start against the bears as quickly as he returned his night over after another big hit. to minnesota where they played
outdoor in subzero temperatures while the roof of the metrodome is being repaired. favre looking good, connecting with percy har vin from 23 yards out. 7-0, vikings. it doesn't last. second quarter, favre sacked hard, driven into the frozen turf, remaining down for a couple minutes. he left the game with an apparent head injury. that was it for favre and the vikings. jay cutler finds devin hester in the end zone, bears up 17-7 at the half. the weather was cold, but hester was just warming up. takes the punt in the third quarter and returns it 64 yards for the score. it's his 14th return for his career. bears wrap up the nfc north. basketball, the last time the heat lost a game was three weeks ago in dallas. and now the mavericks have done it again. dirk nowitski leading the way with 46 points. jason terry hit a pair of three-pointers in the final minutes. dallas snaps the heat's win streak with a 98-96 win. to atlanta gilbert arenas
with ten points in his magic debut. fourth quarter, josh smith to a wide open joe johnson. count it, hawks win 91-81. great finish between the pacers and hornets. indy down one, four seconds left, danny granger jumper off the mark, mike is there to tip the rebound off the buzzer. pacers win 94-93. hockey, sidney crosby had a goal and two assists to bring his points streak. no one is playing better than sid the kid except maybe his line mate, evgeni malkin. ben penguins win big 6-1. that's your look at sports. i'm mario solis. the improbable happy ending in shania's love life. does harrison ford have a plan to make sure no one ever plays the role of indiana jones. you're watching "first look" on msnbc.
welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. last night on "late night with jimmy fallon" jimmy took aim at one of his favorite targets. did anyone see this last night on "sarah palin's alaska" palin and her family went whitewater rafting with a guy named mud flap. it was such an odd name, sarah palin was like, are you sure you're not one of my kids? track jacket, get away from mud. gore text, get away from mud flap. sorry. what did you say, mud flap? listen to this, while visiting a school on friday, president
obama said he walks his dog bo on the white house lawn, but sometimes he has to scoop up bo's poop. they probably should find someone else it to do that. if there's one thing obama is not good at, it's cleaning up a mess that's left for him. finally, singapore has a new campaign to clean up 70% of its public toilets by the year 2013. or in much grosser news singapore has admitted 30% of its public toilets will not be clean for three years. >> tonight jimmy welcomes jack black and steven dorf, "late night with jimmy fallon" week nights at 12:35, 11:35 central time on your local nbc station. time for a look at your entertainment news. if there is another indiana jones film and harrison ford has his way fans could be in for a big surprise. showbiz spy reports ford told george lucas and steven spielberg that jones should die in the next film but not before
passing on his hat to his son. comedian tracy morgan is recovering from a kidney transplant this year. the 42-year-old who was diagnosed with diabetes is taking time off and will miss at least two "30 rock" episodes. "people" report vince vaughn and his wife kyla welcomed a baby girl this weekend. if you thought simon cowell had a healthy ego, brace yourselves. according to england's daily mail, the former "american idol" judge turned "x factor" creator is about to get a knighthood from the queen. you definitely can't make this stuff up. a few years ago shania twain's best friend cheated with shania's husband breaking up their marriage. now shania has confirmed she's engaged to her now ex-best friend's ex-husband. only in hollywood. for another look at the weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins. were you following that? did you have a piece of paper? >> like a word jumble. >> like, you know -- sudoku.
>> she's back together with her original person -- >> no. she's with her ex-best friend's ex-husband and her ex-best friend cheated -- >> i'm sorry. sorry, lynn. >> you don't need to understand, bill. >> let's take a last check of our snow in new england this morning. light snow showers are now coming down through connecticut, over long island, little bit of light snow heading for portmouth, portland maine and down into the boston area. temperatures aren't quite that bad. it's just the windchill. we can't get rid of the pesky wind. we've had it the last two weeks. windchills in the teens for the most part and today we will see snow showers in new england and also see, you know, not a bad day, just like yesterday from d.c. to new york, lynn? >> bill, thanks so much. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. don't go anywhere. "morning joe" is coming up at 6:00 eastern.